What a nice time to be living in southern New Hampshire! The leaves have started changing colors, making every drive, even if it is just to the grocery store or the Recycling Center, a scenic drive. And there is also so much going on all the time! As relative newcomers to the area, we are always on the lookout for what's happening in the region...so here's just a short list of some of the events and other happenings in Peterborough and nearby towns. (Please note, we've included a few events that have already passed for this year, but since they are annual events, they are something to think about for next year!)
Hawk Migration - September through October
As it turns out, southern NH is in the main path for hawk migration and mid-September seems to be the height of the season. The NH Audubon Society has set up a staffed Hawk Watch at the top of Miller State Park, just a short walk north of the summit parking lot. An improved trail leads from the parking lot to a stable outdoor viewing platform with rock benches. The best days for seeing the migration are when the weather is warm and sunny, with winds from the northwest, especially when a storm front is clearing (the hawks don't seem to fly much in the rain). This past Saturday, (September 22) two rehabilitated hawks were released from the observatory. A recent article in the local paper indicated that rehabilitated hawks are often reintroduced to the wild during the migratory season when the instinct to migrate is stronger than territorial instincts. For more details about the hawk migration through this area, the NH Audubon Society has a website at www.nhaudubon.org.
Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!
There's the world-famous Pumpkin Festival on October 20, 2007 in Keene, but you don't have to wait until the late October to get your fill of pumpkins. The pumpkins are flying at the Yankee Farmer in Greenfield...literally! On Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 pm (late September through late October, weather permitting), the Yankee Farmer demonstrates a trebuchet, similar to a catapult, by launching pumpkins through the air. Find out more information at their website, www.yankeesiege.com. Not into flying pumpkins? There are plenty of other opportunities to pick your own pumpkins from the field (or the farmstand), enjoy hayrides and find your way through corn mazes at farms throughout the region.